I've been trying listen to Congressional hearings lately.
And the reality is...they're pretty boring.
But not for the reason you'd think, at least for me.
The point of a hearing is that congressmen and women ask questions of a witness and find out things about stuff that is of public concern and the witnesses answer and the public knows more about an important topic and we're better for it.
But that's not how they actually seem to go.
Each member has a certain amount of time to say stuff and also ask questions.
They tend to spend more time saying stuff than asking questions, and often it's stuff that's only tangentially related to what the actual hearing is about. Or they ask a question that they know the answer to and use it as a springboard to talk about something else.
It's not a partisan thing, both parties do it. But i really feel like these hearings are a huge waste of time.
Congresspeople have all already decided their views before the hearing started and it's all showmanship for the benefit of the few people watching the actual hearing and the many more who will hear sound and see videobites about it.
Which is fine i suppose but sometimes the issues are incredibly important, things that we should all want to know more about and both sides essentially sweep the issue under the rug as they just make the partisan jabs they think will help them in media coverage.
If you listen very carefully the side that is losing will raise every old conspiracy theory still in Brietbarts or Qanons toilet. They throw ****shit hoping some of it sticks to the other side.
I was listening to the bill barr hearing and the ranking republican was just like "well OBMAMAAAAAAAA" and yes that was a waste of time.
But it was also a waste of time for Jerry to ask vague questions that we all know the answer to and to not give barr a chance to completely answer certain questions.
I don't love what i've heard from Jerry Nadler others i have heard are better.
@Padre_J_Roulston Can I bother you to approve my response?
Is there something wrong with the code for this site? why did soco's comment go through but mine did not? Is it because I quoted her? but if that is why why did hers go through in the first place?
Jim jordan is definitely one of the bad ones:
wouldnt it be nice if there was a politician that would be somewhere along the lines of.. " ok we got x as the problem i got y as the solution.. explains x. .and explains y = explains z (outcome) no catch no tricks .. how bout that ? lets go pass the vote! "
That actually does happen...more or less.
Problem is they tend to leave out the part of which special interests benefit from sovling that specific problem and then another congressman will point that out and say "the thing you're saying is a problem isn't really a problem." And use cherry picked data points to prove their point.
Also there is a lot of posturing. Like the whole thing about giving aid to states for the pandemic...from what i understand, behind closed doors republicans were never really opposed to this but some members were outspoken critics of the idea as a bargaining technique. Say you don't want something you actually want so that when you "give" it to the other side during negotiation it seems like a concession.
Republicans are going to fold hard on that talking point in fhe next aid package from what i've been hearing.
The ability to sit through a hearing and have your opinion swayed based on facts and not predisposed opinions takes an incredible amount of professional ethic.
It is not the hearing that is a waste of time. The hearings are very important. It is how they're conducting the hearings that is a problem because they can't get their heads out of their own *****asses.
The difference between those who can, and those who cannot, are a difference in those who are understanding and believing in basic American principles and those who aren't imo.
I'd like to see some sort of study done on how many of them are truly committed to actually doing their jobs or not. I bet if they did, the numbers would alarm the whole country. We would realize we have are desperate shortage of morally sound professional ethics.
You're absolutely right about everything you said. They all, dem or rep, get up there and act like fking idiots.
They clearly only care about what they're trying to push and fk the truth or actual facts of a situation.
American leaders are not supposed to be like that. Drug dealers, con-men, and mafia are like that.
I think a lot of them have too many financial incentives to push them to act that way.
Getting money out of politics would be a great start to restoring moral leadership.
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